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Shuttered Church's Chickens reopen in Charleston area

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Church's Chicken restaurants are serving once again throughout the Charleston region after being shut down since February in a dispute over unpaid loans, rent and back taxes. File/Wade Spees/Staff

All of the Church's Chickens are once again serving throughout Charleston after several of them abruptly closed nearly three months ago.

The Atlanta-based, fast-food chain that shuttered several restaurants in the region in February after disputes over unpaid loans, rents and back taxes reopened during the past week, according to a company spokeswoman.

Reopened diners include those at 492 Meeting St. on peninsular Charleston, 1829 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley, and 5543 Dorchester Road and 6138 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.

The location at 3303 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston never closed but it started doing business in early March under new management as a company-owned location.

The shutdowns resulted from a dispute over more than $3.3 million in debt with a South Carolina franchisee. The complaints were working their way through the legal system when the restaurants went dark.

Church's Chicken corporate headquarters said after the closings the company was trying to secure new leases so the locations could open as company-operated restaurants.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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